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Slavery News Weekly: 11 January 2018

January. 11, 2018 / In the news Christopher Zoia / @Freedom_Fund

Each week the Freedom Fund compiles the most insightful and timely news stories about modern slavery. Check out what we’re reading in this week’s roundup of top slavery articles.

Poverty for Syrian refugees in Lebanon could push children to marry and work
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 9 January 2018
Nearly seven years into Syria’s civil war, Syrian refugees in neighbouring Lebanon are becoming poorer, leaving children at risk of child labour and early marriage, aid organisations said.

Early marriage contributing to school dropouts in Nepal
The Phnom Penh Post, 8 January 2018
Child marriage has caused the school dropout rate to increase in a village in the Nepali district of Palpa, despite efforts to raise awareness about the dangers of the practice.

64 migrants believed dead after boat sinks in Mediterranean
CNN, 8 January 2018
Sixty-four migrants are presumed dead after the rubber dinghy they were travelling in sank off the coast of Libya, a country that has become a hotbed for human traffickers. This is the first reported Mediterranean shipwreck to claim migrants’ lives in 2018.

Shedding light on the ‘Invisible People’ trapped in modern slavery
British Journal of Photography, 8 January 2018
Commissioned by the UK’s National Crime Agency, Invisible People is a project by British photographer Rory Carnegie that seeks to raise awareness of modern slavery. Carnegie wanted to demonstrate that modern slavery is an everyday fact of life and that we may all have walked past victims in the street or benefitted from their labour.

Texas couple ordered to pay enslaved nanny $121,000
The Washington Post, 5 January 2017
A Houston-area couple who pleaded guilty to charges related to forcing a Nigerian woman to work nearly 20 hours taking care of their home and five children without pay for two years was ordered to pay her more than $121,000 in restitution.

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